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Manuel Antonio Beach Stay


Route:
  • UK
  • San Jose
  • Tortuguero
  • Poas Volcano
  • La Fortuna
  • Monteverde
  • San Jose
  • Manuel Antonio
  • UK

4 NIGHTS from €671pp

Tour Highlights
  • San Jose City Tour
  • Visit the idyllic Tortuguero town
  • Witness the majestic Arenal Volcano
  • Experience the breathtaking La Fortuna Waterfall
  • Explore the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
  • Explore the rivers and canals in the enchanting Tortuguero National Park by boat
  • Explore enchanting Tortuguero National Park
  • Visit idyllic Tortuguero town
  • Experience the majestic La Fortuna Waterfall
  • Explore the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
  • Enjoy a city tour of San Jose
  • Experience the mighty Arenal Volcano

Extension from €671pp

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Manuel Antonio Beach Stay

Extend your stay in Costa Rica and spend three nights relaxing on the white sandy shores or choose to take part in some of the various activities on offer in the local area including hiking, guided tours and canopy walks.

Situated close to the magical national park, Manuel Antonio is one of the most picturesque parts of the coastline in the country, affording stunning views and beautiful beaches.

Tour Itinerary

1
UK to San Jose

Depart London on your scheduled flight to San Jose. On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

2
San Jose

Today's excursion takes you to Irazu Volcano Park, Costa Rica's most visited national park. Walk through tropical rainforests and lush cloud forests, taking in fantastic views of the active volcanic craters and surrounding area and looking out for the abundant wildlife of the area.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
3
San Jose to Tortuguero

Journey to the mystical town of Tortuguero on the Caribbean coast. A brief stop for breakfast will be made before continuing to the port where a boat will take you to your lodge. Following lunch, explore the charming town before enjoying some free time to relax.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
4
Tortuguero

An early start today takes you on a fascinating hike through the trails of Tortuguero National Park, home to a diverse range of flora and fauna. Following lunch, travel by boat through the maze of canals for the best chance to spot the wildlife of the rainforest.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
5
Tortuguero to Poas Volcano

This morning, travel back through the canals to the port where our ground transportation will take you to the impressive Poas Volcano region. Stop en route to enjoy a typical Costa Rican lunch then continue to your mountain lodge located on the edge of the cloud forest.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
6
Poas Volcano to La Fortuna

Drive through rolling coffee plantations and flower farms to Poas Volcano National Park. Embrace the sheer beauty of the famous La Paz Waterfall Gardens in Costa Rica which is also a rescued wildlife preserve with over 100 species of animals including jaguars and white-faced monkeys. After lunch, travel to La Fortuna.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
7
La Fortuna

Begin your day with a visit to the beautiful La Fortuna Waterfall. Your guide will lead you down the trail for a swim or a chance to relax and take in the tranquil surroundings. After a stop at the charming town of Fortuna, explore a private 4.5-kilometre path around the base of the volcano and ascend to a lookout point to experience a fantastic view of the Arenal Volcano.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
8
La Fortuna to Monteverde

Your tour continues to the Monteverde Cloud Forest, a small community at the top of the Tilaran Mountain Range. You will be served a traditional meal for lunch whilst enjoying a folklore dance presentation. Before arriving at your hotel, you will visit the town of Santa Elena, famous for one of South America's most resplendent birds, the quetzal.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
9
Monteverde

Today takes you high above the clouds to the Cloud Forest where an abundance of biodiversity thrives in the humid and moisture-rich environments, creating habitats found nowhere else on earth. Amble along the 1.9-mile-long treetop walkways, providing excellent vistas of the forest below.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
10
Monteverde to San Jose

On arrival back into San Jose, a city tour will visit some of the residential areas before driving past historical buildings and st

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
11
San Jose to Manuel Antonio

After breakfast, transfer to your chosen beach hotel in Manuel Antonio

  • Breakfast
12
Manuel Antonio

Relax in this beautiful setting at the end of your tour.

  • Breakfast
13
Manuel Antonio

Continue your relaxation with another day spent at leisure

  • Breakfast
14
Manuel Antonio

This day is also yours to spend at leisure.

  • Breakfast
15
Manuel Antonio to the UK

Transfer back to the airport for your flight home.

  • Breakfast
16

Important Information

Visas

A 90 day tourist visa is granted on arrival in Costa Rica. You must have at least 6 months validity on your passport. Further to visa advice should be sought from the applicable tourist authority for other nationalities and for general queries. We strongly advise you to check with your destinations Tourist Board or Embassy for the most up-to-date guidelines regarding required passport validity. Costa Rica has a departure tax of approximately USD $29. This must be paid in cash at the airport before you depart.

Insurance

You must obtain suitable travel insurance prior to departure. Mercury Direct is partnered with Holiday Extras which offer insurance at the following prices:

Age in YearsUp to 6465 - 7475 - 85
Up to 17 days cover£39£75£129
For all persons 86 years and over, please contact us for insurance prices. Please ensure you provide us with the name of your insurer, policy number and their 24 hour emergency contact number as soon as possible. Mercury Direct will not be liable for any costs incurred by you due to your failure to take out suitable travel insurance from the date of booking.

Payment

If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of €300pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.

Flight Information

Your flight is to San Jose Airport with United Airlines (via Newark), departing from London Heathrow Terminal 2. Each passenger is entitled to 23kg of hold luggage and hand luggage not exceeding (22 cm x 35 cm x 56 cm), in size. Weight restrictions will be finalized on E-ticket receipt. Should you wish to take additional luggage you will need to pay extra at check-in. Check-in should be at least 3 hours before departure.

Health and Vaccinations

We recommend that you consult your local GP for advice on vaccinations and travel health before your departure.

Physical Accessibility

This tour is accessible to most people with an average level of fitness and normal mobility. It involves full days of sightseeing, often on foot and includes some climbing of stairs and getting on and off coaches and boats. This tour is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.

Group Size

There is no minimum number of travellers for this extension however the main tour passenger numbers will apply for the main part of the tour. If in the unlikely event there are less than the required number of people booked on your main tour date then you may be asked to change to a different date. A full refund will be made available to you should this alternative not be suitable.

Tour Guide

The main tour is a fully escorted tour, meaning that you will be met on arrival and will have a guide with you throughout the tour ensuring that you have first-hand knowledge at all times. Accommodation and transfers are included for the Manuel Antonio extension but there is NO guide so your time will be free.

Currency Information

Currency is Costa Rican colon. Prices in Costa Rica are frequently listed in US dollars, especially in hotels and restaurants, where you can expect to pay international prices. US dollars are widely accepted and some ATMs dispense dollars. Credit cards are also accepted as a form of payment. It is very important that you budget carefully and ensure you have the right form or currency before you arrive in the country.

Personal Expenses

You will need to take money with you to cover any personal purchases such as souvenirs, laundry and extra drinks and snacks. Approximately £300 will be sufficient for the durations of the tour, depending on how much of a bargain-hunter you are!

Tour Dates & Prices

Depart UKArrive UKExtension PriceTour PriceTotal Price
2018 DATES
El Parador Hotel
03 Oct 201817 Oct 2018€738€2429€3167
10 Nov 201824 Nov 2018€716€2396€3112
24 Nov 201808 Dec 2018€716€2452€3168
2019 DATES
05 Jan 201919 Jan 2019€749€2575€3324
19 Jan 201902 Feb 2019€749€2866€3615
09 Feb 201923 Feb 2019€749€2911€3660
23 Feb 201909 Mar 2019€749€2687€3436
09 Mar 201923 Mar 2019€749€2351€3100
01 May 201915 May 2019€704€2239€2943
08 May 201922 May 2019€704€2127€2831
22 May 201905 Jun 2019€704€2239€2943
04 Sep 201918 Sep 2019€704€2407€3111
18 Sep 201902 Oct 2019€704€2407€3111
02 Oct 201916 Oct 2019€704€2463€3167
09 Nov 201923 Nov 2019€704€2463€3167
23 Nov 201907 Dec 2019€704€2463€3167
2018 DATES
San Bada Hotel
03 Oct 201817 Oct 2018€671€2429€3100
10 Nov 201824 Nov 2018€693€2396€3089
24 Nov 201808 Dec 2018€693€2452€3145
2019 DATES
05 Jan 201919 Jan 2019€716€2575€3291
19 Jan 201902 Feb 2019€716€2608€3324
09 Feb 201923 Feb 2019€716€2911€3627
23 Feb 201909 Mar 2019€716€2687€3403
09 Mar 201923 Mar 2019€716€2351€3067
01 May 201915 May 2019€671€2239€2910
08 May 201922 May 2019€671€2127€2798
22 May 201905 Jun 2019€671€2239€2910
04 Sep 201918 Sep 2019€671€2407€3078
18 Sep 201902 Oct 2019€671€2407€3078
02 Oct 201916 Oct 2019€671€2463€3134
09 Nov 201923 Nov 2019€716€2463€3179
23 Nov 201907 Dec 2019€716€2463€3179
Travelling alone?

Unfortunately, we do not have any places with no single supplements on this tour. However, if you are happy to share with another passenger of the same gender, then let us know at the time of booking and we will endeavour to find you a travelling partner. Alternatively, please ask about our single supplement prices in order to book your own twin room

Private Tours:

If the group departure dates are not suitable for you and you would prefer a more personal and flexible experience then you can choose to book a private guide for your tour at a reasonable supplement.

What to expect

Fact File
Currency

Colon

Min/Max temperature

21 °C / 33 °C

What to pack
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Sun Hat
  • Waterproof lightweight jacket
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Flip flops or sandals
  • Camera
  • A plug adaptor
Customer Rating:
10/10
Judith Elsey-warren
22nd Mar 2018

All the hotels were of an excellent standard.
My favourites were The Pachira Lodge Tortuguera,The Poas Volcano Lodge and El Parador Manuel Antonio.
However the Country inns and Suites in San Jose also gets a special mention.
Las Lagos Arenal was good the evening meal was not so good.
El Establo was good we were lucky to have rooms high up overlooking the rain forest and there was a lovely pool.

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
10/10
Irene O’brien
20th Mar 2018

All the hotels were good, would expect nothing less on a Mercury Holiday. The highlight of the holiday, as far as hotels go, was Poas Volcano Lodge. It was 5 star luxury, with our room being more of a suite. The dinner and breakfast were superb and to find a hot-water bottle in your bed on a chilly evening was absolute heaven! It was such a shame we were only there for one night, we left feeling there was so much more to explore.

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
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